Polish PM satisfied with European Comission's stance on Russia-Germany pipeline

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed satisfaction with the European Commission's declaration to support EU member states like Poland who highlight the risks of gas market monopolisation that the Nord Stream 2 Russia-Germany gas pipeline entails.

The Polish PM on Tuesday evening met with EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and his deputy, Frans Timmermans. The Brussels talks centred on the rule of law, climate and energy policies and the EU budget, Morawiecki reported later.

The officials also discussed the controversial Nord Stream 2 project of a gas pipeline running on the Baltic seabed and bypassing eastern EU members as well as Ukraine. Poland is concerned that this way Moscow can exert pressure on Central and Eastern Europe while leaving its West European supplies unaffected.

It is increasingly difficult to find compromise on the EU forum, Morawiecki noted. "We've been sailing quite rough seas, and the situation around us is increasingly difficult. We have many differing interests both here, in Brussels, and in the European Union, and these differences are starker and starker in many areas, so finding compromises is more and more difficult," the head of government argued.

Nord Stream 2 is a 1,200-km gas pipeline with an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres. The investment is to be completed by the end of 2019, as Russia is planning to stop sending gas via Ukraine after that year.

Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine are opposed to the project. The German government supports the investment, claiming it is a business undertaking. It is financed by German conglomerates Uniper and Wintershall as well as French Engie, Austrian OMV and British-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell.